It’s time for Nebraska to join the growing list of states that are now requiring CPR as a graduation requirement. This month we are asking the Nebraska State Board of Education to make this a requirement. Approximately, 424,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests occur nationwide. That is more than 1,000 people a day every year. Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of cardiovascular death. Nine out of 10 of these victims will not survive. The combination of early, immediate CPR and defibrillation can more than double the victim’s chance of survival. For every minute without life-saving CPR and defibrillation, chances of survival decrease 7-10%. The AHA supports CPR training as a high school graduation requirement as literally thousands of potential lifesavers would be trained every single year. CPR training in high schools can teach a substantial portion of the population how to deliver this lifesaving technique. Sixteen states, including Iowa, have this requirement.
Kelsey Neal, who grew up in Lincoln and is now in college, was just 14 years old when she had a sudden cardiac arrest. Her dad saved her life by performing CPR - something he learned how to do in high school. Let’s not wait to become the 30th, 40th, or 50th state to require this life-saving training. Training students in CPR will fill schools, as well as entire communities, with lifesavers. The more people trained in CPR equals more lives saved. Someone like Kelsey.
The Board of Education recently heard testimony on why including CPR training is so important, and why Nebraska should be next to make this life-saving skill a high school graduation requirement. Please send your note to the Board of Education today encouraging them to include this training in our schools.